The New York Mets got a couple of pieces of good news this weekend when it comes to their pitching; dealing specifically with Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.
The first began his rehabilitation in the Minor Leagues, while the second may rejoin the rotation of those led by Buck Showalter on Tuesday.
However, deGrom; who has won a pair of Cy Young Awards and has four consecutive seasons with a sub-2.50 ERA with the franchise, made his first appearance on the mound since last March, this time with the Port St. Lucie Mets, a Class-A branch. A.
The right-hander pitched an inning and two-thirds, where he struck out five of the six batters he faced and only by way of the pitch did he get a runner on base, in a task of 24 pitches; of which 18 were in the strike zone.
Likewise, DiComo reported that deGrom reached 101 miles per hour with his fastball and finished his performance by prescribing the last two batters he faced.
For their part, the Mets have yet to announce a tentative date for the return of their franchise pitcher, but the plan is for him to make three or four more outings at the Metropolitan branches, in order to acclimatize to throw more pitches.
Similarly, DiComo commented that if there are no more setbacks with deGrom, he could be back at the end of the month.
As for Scherzer, the multiple Cy Young Award winner will rejoin the big team Tuesday in Cincinnati.
The right-hander is expected to throw 90 pitches or go into the sixth inning during his first start since May 6.